The best camping near
Shawnee National Forest, ILLINOIS

297 Reviews126 Campgrounds
Camping Illinois Shawnee National Forest
The Dyrt App

The #1 Camping App

Camp with confidence with the highest-ranked camping app for both iOS and Android. Search more than 500,000 listings, reviews, and tips for campsites across the U.S.

Enter your phone number to get the app.

The Dyrt App The #1 Camping App
Most Recent Shawnee National Forest Camping Reviews

People are nice grounds are clean and bathrooms easy to get to and clean

You’re advertising the wrong location

The campground is fabulous.

 Unfortunately this website is showing the wrong Garden of the Gods in the photos. These photos are representing  Garden of the Gods in Colorado not Illinois. This could cause a serious problem


Gorgeous place big beautiful cypress and tupelo trees. Shaded spots and laid back atmosphere. The park workers do a amazing job at upkeep.


Small little pond with 2 primitive campsites. It's very quiet and peaceful. Some signs of litter, but mostly clean. Saw a few deer during my stay. No facilities, pack in-pack out. 1/2 mile gravel road leads to sites. Should be accessible by cars, vans, and small motorhomes/trailers.

Nice family campground

This is a great spot for families. The sites are pretty close together,but still offer some privacy. They have electric sites for $22 and primitive for $12. Very difficult to get an electric site in the summer, especially on weekends.

Very quiet

Only 1 other camper when I showed up. Very quiet and clean ( although you do hear a train whistle occasionally). Beware, more ants than I've ever seen in Site 2. I moved to site 1 lol. Great spot if you want some solitude but still wanna feel safe ( sheriff drove through on patrol twice while I was there)

No frills but easy to get to

Easy to get to from the highway. Clean, no frills campground. Reason for 4 star review is the concrete pads are not level so be prepared with level bocks.

4 out of 5

Large campsites with plenty of parking. Nice asphalt pads in Pin Oak section. Bath house and restrooms decently clean. They spray with sanitizer twice daily. So many wild animals and beautiful birds. Walk or bike to lake to fish or swim.

4 out of 5 since there’s no pool and they have limited full hookup sites. Also, shared amenities need updated and could be cleaner.

Beautiful Site for Primitive Camping

We took a chance camping here since we hang hammocks but we found a site that had some trees nearby. We were pleasantly surprised to see a port-a-pottie at the campground. It was clean and had toilet paper.  Middle of the week in June and the campground was about half empty. Very peaceful place. We could hear the fish jumping all night.

Fishing spot

Has a little Lake in it to fish. Not far off the interstate makes it handy. Very popular spot.